Democrat Jennifer Garrison opposes Obamacare, doesn't support the president's energy policies and looks to Sen. Joe Manchin as being her congressional role model.
Garrison is seeking Ohio's 6th District seat in the U.S. House, and she terms herself a moderate Democrat along the lines of Manchin, D-W.Va. She said she has spoken with Manchin a "couple of times."
"He is a good role model for me in district because this district is so much more like West Virginia than it is the state of Ohio," Garrison said. "I appreciate his profile and how he is working across party lines. I think he is doing a phenomenal job, and I would like to be part of that group in the middle that is trying to work with both sides the way I see him doing."
An attorney, Garrison said her background as a mediator would be very valuable if she is elected to Congress.
"We (Democrats and Republicans) share so many principles," she said. "You have to find a way to work together. I think all the negativity and advertising are selling fear, and we are selling hate. I don't want to be a part of any of that. I am a very, very moderate person. I think when you elect people in the middle ... you need to elect more people like that because they understand working across party lines."
Like Manchin, Garrison doesn't support the Obama administration policies regarding coal-fired power plants and higher emission standards. Instead, she favors legislation proposed by Manchin, known as The Electricity Security and Affordability Act. This measure sets the new standards at a level comparable to the emission standards achieved by the five plants determined to emit the lowest pollution.
"It's unrealistic when 40 percent of our energy comes from coal to just take it off the grid, take it out of the market," Garrison said. "When we had the polar vortex last winter we were very close to blackout conditions - no electricity, nothing left, the grid not working. We need to take all of that into account, and move carefully."
When a candidate is elected to Congress, they don't represent a party, Garrison said.
"I don't feel I represent the Democratic party today in this campaign," she said. "I'm on the Democratic ticket, but I feel I want to represent everybody. ... There is a growing independent group of people who feels there is nobody who represents their interest. And I want people - even if they don't vote for me - to feel like I am representing them."